Inspector General: DoD Did Not Accurately Identify Expenditures for Guam Realignment

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Guam – DoD’s Inspector General is reporting that the Department of Defense “did not accurately identify and report 2009 obligations and expenditures for the Guam realignment.”

The IG concludes that DoD “did not provide reliable Guam realignment costs for Congress” and as a result, “Congress cannot ensure that Guam realignment costs are properly allocated,” and Congress “will not have reliable historical cost data for planning future military realignments.”

The report states that DoD officials need to improve reporting of obligations and expenditures for the Guam Realignment.

READ IG report of  DoD’s Reporting on Guam Realignment

The report is dated Friday June 17.

The IG report echoes conclusions reached earlier by a General Accountability Office [GAO] report and Senate Armed Services Committee which has called for a freeze on the all buildup funding until DoD presents a master plan providing more accurate details on just how much it will cost

Among the findings of the report:

* DoD personnel did not accurately identify 36 obligations, resulting in an under-statement of obligations of about $7.3 million.

* DoD did not adequately support 9 obligations, resulting in an over-statement of obligations of about $1.9 million.

* Department of Navy [DoN] and Defense Finance and Accounting Services did not accurately identify 2 expenditures resulting in an under-statement of expenditures of $228,043

* DoN did not adequately support 28 expenditures resulting in an over-statement of expenditures of about $13.3 million